classical music, opera, theatre

Korngold-Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

one interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

We regret to inform you that Andrea Menczel replaces Rita Rácz in this performance.

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The name Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) is not an unfamiliar one to the BDO's audience. His incredibly rich oeuvre encompasses nearly every genre, from art songs to concertos and opera. Nevertheless, he is known to most of us as one of the greatest Hollywood composers of the era, whose genius was recognised by the film industry of the time with two Oscars.

Indeed, Korngold always thought in terms of theatre, cinema, scenes and characters. This is why we felt his works were the perfect complement to Shakespeare's opulent comedy. This performance features not only excerpts from the incidental music he composed for Much Ado About Nothing, but also ones from his Violin Concerto and other shorter works. In putting together the production, Gábor Hollerung freely selected the musical passages from the composer's extensive oeuvre that best support the scenes in the play. The aim was to create a performance that actually required the orchestra and the actors to interact with each other dramatically. Sometimes the orchestra "comments” on the events on stage, or "shares its opinion” about the actions and/or traits of the characters - all using the tools of music, of course. Korngold proved to be the perfect partner for this, as he liked to employ leitmotifs to portray characters, allowing him to immediately impress key traits in the audience's mind. In order to prevent the performance from running late into the night, the creative team were forced - in a slightly sacrilegious fashion - to greatly abridge Shakespeare's masterpiece, although of course without harming the play's dramaturgy. This solution allows the music more space, giving rise to almost a new kind of symphonic theatre.

Hungarian-language performance.

Partner: National Theatre of Szeged

Presented by: Budafok Dohnanyi Orchestra, Müpa Budapest
  • Gábor Hollerung
  • Beatrice
    Andrea Menczel
  • Benedetto
    Kristóf Poroszlay
  • Hero
    Zsófia Bach
  • Claudio
    Balázs Medveczky
  • Don Pedro
    Kristóf Ódor
  • Don Juan
    Tamás Rétfalvi
  • Boracchio
    Tamás Bánvölgyi
  • Dogberry
    Krisztián Gömöri
  • Leonato
    György Szatmáry
  • Cornelia
    Enikő Flóra Szűcs
  • An envoy/Sexton
    András Nagy
  • Friar Francis
    Tamás Jakab
  • Verges
    Krisztián Károlyi
  • First guard
    Kristóf Deák
  • Second guard (Tufa)
    Roland Nemes
  • Third guard
    Csaba Mátyás Nagy
  • Margaret
    Beáta Borsos
  • Ursula/Waiting-gentlewoman attendant on Hero
    Vanda Kovács
  • violin
    Bence Gazda
  • piano
    Apor Szüts
  • Budafok Dohnanyi Orchestra
  • Set and costume designer
    Nóra Árva
  • Director
    Sylvie Gábor
  • Dramaturg
    Ildikó Turcsányi
  • Choreographer
    Réka Lilla Albert
  • Assistant director
    Tünde Hűbér

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